1998 World Championships
Middle Heavyweight Match
Tijuca Tenis Clube, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Antonio “Nino” Schembri vs David Meyer
If you want to study open guard, lasso guard, and omoplata’s, then it is best to go to the source of those concepts : Antonio “Nino” Schembri. Nino, also known as Elvis due to his love for the king, is a Gracie Barra Black Belt that created the open guard styles that we see today. Nino had minor successes in IBJJF Worlds and ADCC, as well as MMA (he famously upset Kazushi Sakuraba in 2003 in Pride 25). In every match that I have seen him in, he is extremely active and always hunting for those arms and shoulders.
David Meyer has his place in the pantheon of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as being a member of the “Dirty Dozen” – one the first 12 Americans to be promoted to Black Belt. David also is distinguished as the first American to medal in a world championship, taking 3rd in the absolute division in 1998.
Enjoy Nino vs David